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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Lilian Kennedy, PhD

Lilian Kennedy, PhD
Lilian Kennedy, PhD
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Memory, Subjectivity and Personhood, Dementia, Care, Love, time and temporality, Family relationships, Kinship and relatedness, STS, GPS tracker technology, NHS, synchronicity

PhD Title

‘Still There’: Mediating personhood, temporality, and care in London Alzheimer’s Society support groups.

Thesis Title:

‘Still There’: Mediating personhood, temporality, and care in London Alzheimer’s Society support groups. 


Prof. Janet Carsten, Dr. Stefan Ecks


2014 - present     PhD, Social Anthropology

                                  University of Edinburgh

2013 - 2014           Masters by Research, Medical Anthropology (Distinction)

                                  University of Edinburgh

                                  Supervisors: Prof Janet Carsten, Dr Stefan Ecks

2006 - 2010           Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (High Honors)

                                  University of Califronia, Berkeley

                                   Supervisors: Prof Nancy Scheper-Hughes,

                                   Prof Sharon Kaufman


Honours & Awards

(2018) RAI Sutasoma Award

(2017) FfWG Foundation Main Grant (BFWG Charitable foundation)

(2014) Social Anthropology Award

(2014) Social and Political Science Graduate School International Award

(2014) College of Humanities and Social Science Research Scholarship 

Other projects and experience

Coordinated: Increasing Public and Patient Involvement in Dementia Research with Novel Buddy Scheme (current)

Scottish Government PhD Internship (Sept - Dec 2016)

  • Health and Social Care Analysis Division, Project: "Evidence to support policy and practice development for Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellow (current):

  • Health, Illness, and Society. Medical School, University of Edinburgh


  • Social Anthropology 1B, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
  • Anthropological Theory, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
  • Fundamentals : Anthropological Practice, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
  • Health, Ethics, and Society. Medical School, University of Edinburgh 



  • "Chronological Breakdown in Dementia Narratives: a case for ethnography" : 2017 American Anthropological Association Conference,  November 29 - December 3 in Washington, D.C.
  • "The ‘Good Life’ in Dementia: An Investigation of Care Practices in the Relational Spaces of Family Life" : 'Bodies in Transition - Power, Knowledge and Medical Anthropology' EASA Medical Anthropology Network, 2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting, 5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal
  • MAYS 8th Annual Meeting (co-organiser), 'Medical Anthropology Beyond Academic Borders' 15 - 16 June 2017, University of Edinburgh
  • "Critical Medical Anthropology in the Ethnographic Process" :'Critical Medical Anthropology: making it work for policy, wellbeing and welfare,' Oaxaca City, Mexico from 16 - 20 January, 2017. (Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund and British Council)
  • "Finding and Remaking the Self in Familiar Dementia Carework", at the conference 'Entangled Kinship Spaces : Ethnographic approaches of contemporary public and intimate (re)configurations', Oct 20 & 21, 2016, University of Liege, Belgium
  • "Who is the 'who' in Dementia?", at 'Who cares? : A Symposium on Care in Medical Anthropology' (co-organiser) 11th May 2016, University of Edinburgh

Network Participation

MAYS Coordinator (Medical Anthropology Youth Scholars), 2016 - 2018

  • within EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists)

SoMA Representative (Students of Medical Anthropology), 2016 - 2018

  • within EdCMA  (Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology)